After a long-playing career, last season’s player/assistant manager, Lee Minshull, hangs up his boots and continues his role as Dan Scopes right-hand man. Playing for a total of 10 Clubs in his career, Minshull enjoyed playing football up and down the different levels of the English pyramid.
Looking back on your 18-year career, how much have you enjoyed it?
It’s been a real journey, with some unbelievable experiences along the way.
I always think that as a 20-year-old playing non-league, I never imagined I’d go on to enjoy promotions to the Football League with AFC Wimbledon & Newport County, and make the number of League appearances that I did.
It’s not a nice feeling being told you need to retire, but upon reflection, I feel grateful for the achievements and memories I have.
Now officially retired, are you looking forward to coaching and why?
Yes, I am looking forward to it. Last season I was always doing rehab and trying to train to get myself out on the pitch. This year I can concentrate on the coaching, take more sessions and also will be available for the lads to work on improving things more specifically and individually.
Coaching is your next step in your career, how did you feel last season in your first taste as assistant manager?
Being player / assistant felt like the right step at this stage of my career. Whilst it was a bit of a disappointing season in terms of playing, the management side of things was brilliant and a great insight into that side of things. Scopesy & myself have similar views on how we want things done, and it was good to bounce off the rest of the management team and learn a new mindset.
Who has helped you transition into being a coach?
I think all my managers and coaches have taught me a lot along the way, both good and bad. Being Captain and then Assistant means I’ve been close to a lot of the decision making, and after doing my coaching badges down in Wales whilst I was at Newport, I always had one eye on the coaching.
Going into your 3rd season with concord, how have you enjoyed your time here?
I have really enjoyed my time at Concord. Making the playoffs in the first season, and then last season’s efforts in the FA trophy. I’m gutted I couldn’t contribute more on the pitch last season, and that I can’t carry on playing as I feel like I could have made a difference to a young squad. However, feel grateful to have made the step into management, and hopefully many more successes and memories to come!